Black History Month
These Black History Month activities will pique your students interest during Black History Month.
What's included in Black History Month?
-Black History Month activities highlight 15 famous Americans, but may be used with ANY biography.
-Black History includes a lap book project. Page 4 has a photo tutorial explaining how to assemble a lap book. I tried to be very clear!
-Use the “What Is A Biography?” mini-poster for building background. There is a QR code with a link to a site for researching famous Black Americans. You’ll need access to a QR code reader app and a mobile device to use them. This is a free app to download.
-I chose to focus this unit on the following skills: story elements and vocabulary of the biography genre, the legacy a person leaves behind, analyzing biographical characters and their unique traits, compare and contrast, research and note-taking. The CCSS for grades 2-4 are at the bottom of this description for lesson planning purposes.
-I’ve included some of my favorite graphic organizers to use for the different skills in Black History Month.
-The thinkmarks can be used to reinforce looking for examples of character traits within the narrative of a biography during guided or independent reading.
-Fifteen of the trading cards have a QR code to scan. It links to a kid-friendly research site to assist with research.
-Use the blank trading cards for additional famous people.
-You may wish to use the lap book as an ongoing unit organizer, or as a culminating project. There are many creative possibilities!
-The blank Heroes Acrostic flap book works well with helping students solidify their thinking about the genre. Have them write one thing they learned about these famous Americans for each letter in the word HEROES. Use the other flap book to highlight the key points of one famous person’s life.
-The “Create Your Own Biography Mini poster” is another option for research if you decide not to make this a lap book project. Or you may use it as an additional activity.
-I’ve included a list of suggested children’s books on pg. 22. There are many other great books out there, but most of these work well for grades 2-4 as read alouds, independent reading or in a guided reading setting.
The people included in this project are:
Ruby Bridges, George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, Frederick Douglas, Sara E. Goode, Jackie Robinson, Booker T. Washington, Sojourner Truth, Thurgood Marshall, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Bessie Coleman, and Mary Jane McLeod Bethune.
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Lap Book Resources
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